Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses

900 Red Mills Rd
WALLKILL, NY 12589
United States

Attesting Officer
Mr. James N. Pellechia
Associate Editor


Media Contact
Office of Public Information, J. R. Brown

41.6408833, -74.255863


Modern-day Jehovah's Witnesses began in the early 1870s when Charles Taze Russell was the leader of a Bible study group in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. In July 1879, the first issue of Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence (now called The Watchtower which is published in 188 languages with a circulation of 42,162,000 appeared. In 1884 Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society was incorporated, later changed to Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. Congregations spread into other states and countries, and followers witnessed from house to house.
By 1913, printed sermons were in four languages in 3,000 newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Hundreds of millions of books, booklets and tracts were distributed. Publication of the magazine now known as Awake! Began in 1919. Today, it is published in more than 80 languages and has a circulation of upwards of 38,451,000. In 1931 the name Jehovah's Witnesses, based on Isaiah 43 vs.10-12, was adopted.
During the 1930s and 1940s, and as recently as 2002, Jehovah's Witnesses fought many court cases in the interest of preserving freedom of speech, press, assembly and worship. They have won a total of 50 cases before the United States Supreme Court. A missionary training school was established in 1943, and it has been a major factor in the international expansion of the Witnesses. There are now 7.5 million Witnesses in 236 lands.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe in one almighty God, Jehovah, who is the Creator of all things. They believe in Jesus Christ as God's Son, the first of His creations. While Jesus is now an immortal spirit in heaven, ruling as King of God's Kingdom, he is still subject to his heavenly Father, Jehovah God. Christ's human life was sacrificed as a ransom to open up for obedient mankind the opportunity of eternal life. With Christ in heaven, 144,000 individuals chosen from among mankind will rule in righteousness over an unnumbered great crowd who will survive the destruction of wickedness and receive salvation into an earth cleansed of evil. (Rev. Ch.7 vs.9, 10; Ch.14 vs.1-5). These, along with the resurrected dead, will transform the earth into a global earthly paradise and will have the prospect of living forever on it.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
107,846
100,861
306,115
413,961
1,232
2009
1,162,686
1,295,001
0
1,162,686
13,021
2008
1,114,009
1,237,846
0
1,114,009
12,728
2007
1,092,169
1,209,355
0
1,092,169
12,487
2006
1,069,530
1,176,592
0
1,069,530
12,487
2004
1,029,902
1,151,896
0
1,029,902
12,317
2003
1,041,030
0
0
1,041,030
12,054
2001
989,403
0
0
989,403
11,706
1999
990,340
0
0
990,340
11,257
1997
974,719
0
0
974,719
10,883
1996
975,829
0
0
975,829
10,671
1995
966,243
0
0
966,243
10,541
1994
945,990
0
0
945,990
10,307
1993
926,914
0
0
926,614
9,985
1992
914,079
0
0
914,079
9,890
1991
858,367
0
0
858,367
9,347
1989
825,570
0
0
825,570
9,141
1987
773,219
0
0
773,219
8,547
1986
752,404
0
0
752,404
8,336
1985
730,441
0
0
730,441
8,220
1984
697,660
0
0
697,660
8,081
1983
649,697
0
0
649,697
7,921
1982
619,188
0
0
619,188
7,752
1981
588,503
0
0
588,503
7,590
1980
565,309
0
0
565,309
7,515
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
2,464
1,851
922
5,237
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
1,008
5,971
90,815
96,786
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
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